Shell-shocked Colchester United boss Tony Humes gives his verdict

Colchester United boss Tony Humes

Colchester United boss Tony Humes - Credit: Su Anderson

Colchester United boss Tony Humes blasted his side’s woeful defending after this afternoon’s 4-1 defeat at Millwall.

The U’s were sunk by goals from Lee Gregory (13 minutes), Shane Ferguson (38 and 63) and Byron Webster (82), with Chris Porter replying for the visitors in the 54th minute.

“It was basic defending,” rued shell-shocked boss Humes, with reference to mistakes from Tom Eastman and George Elokobi for Millwall’s first two goals.

Humes continued: “They were experienced defenders, and it was basic defending. There were defensive mistakes out there.

“They don’t make these mistakes in training, but I don’t really know what to say.

“It was basic, it was so basic that it was untrue!

“It’s so frustrating, it’s untrue, and I’m sure it’s the same for the players.

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“We’ve got a lot of talented players out there who are capable of creating and scoring goals.

“But with the amount we are conceding, I’m sure they get disillusioned,” added Humes.

The U’s have now conceded 41 goals in 18 league games, and have taken just four points from a possible 24 in their last eight fixtures.

They entertain fellow strugglers Crewe on Tuesday evening.